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Apply for Marriage License

The Recording Division physical office is closed to the public. Online/phone services are available Monday-Thursday from 7:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Limited in-person services are available by appointment.

Apply for Marriage License

The Boulder County Recording Division is Closed to the Public - Remote Marriage License Process

To obtain a marriage license remotely, you will need the following:

  • Access to the internet on a computer (for application)
  • Video chat capability (for appointment)
  • Required ID (scroll down for checklist)
  • Payment (credit card only, to be processed during appointment)
  • Both parties are present, together in the same room, and in Colorado to apply for the license
  • Plan to marry is within the State of Colorado
  • We cannot mail an issued license outside the state of Colorado.
    • If you are coming from out-of-state, please contact the Recording office for pickup options.
    • Same-day pickup is required for out-of-state applicants by the actual applicants to ensure you are present in Colorado.

Once the application process and online appointment is completed, your application and marriage license will be mailed to you, unless you are from out of state. If so, during your appointment, a pickup time will be arranged for that same day. The signed application and license must both be returned to our office to be considered valid.

Note: Applicants requiring an Absentee Affidavit cannot be done remotely. Please contact the office for details.


  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Schedule an appointment for a video call for ID verification. Appointments with Spanish-speaking staff members are available.
  3. Download Microsoft Teams in advance of your appointment. Application is free and available for Windows, Mac, iOS and Android devices.
  4. Look for an email confirmation of your appointment time. When it is time for your appointment, follow the link in the Teams invitation. Both parties must be present in the same room and have IDs and payment ready.
  5. After your appointment, the application and license will be mailed to you via USPS. Once you receive these, you must:
    1. Both parties fill in the last 4-digit of SSN
    2. Both parties sign the application
    3. Complete the certificate portion of the license on your wedding day
    4. Return BOTH the signed application and completed license to the Recording office. A pre-addressed envelope will be provided. You will need postage unless you choose to use our drop box in Boulder or Longmont.

Please note your license will not be recorded and will not be considered valid if the signed documents are not returned.

***TipIf you will be self-solemnizing your marriage, see how to fill out the certificate portion.

Statement: Pursuant to C.R.S. 14-2.106.5 (3) the Recording Division staff has completed the required training and curricula developed by the Human Trafficking Council created in section 18-3-505.


Both applicants must provide the following to obtain a marriage license:

  • ID (Please have one of the following ready during the video meeting):
    • Current U.S. driver’s license
      • Colorado licenses with the black strip that reads, “Not valid for federal identification…” are not accepted
    • Passport
    • Original or certified copy of birth certificate
  • Social Security number (if a foreign applicant doesn’t have a Social Security number they must complete a Sworn Statement Affidavit, which will be sent with the application and license)
  • $30 fee for the license (e-check and credit card accepted; minimal fee for using a credit card of $0.75 + 2.26% of the total)

Divorced Applicants

If either applicant is divorced, provide the following in addition to the items listed above:

  • Date of divorce (month/day/year)
  • Place of divorce (city and state)
  • Type of court for the divorce

Widowed Applicants

If either applicant is widowed, provide the following in addition to the items detailed above:

  • Date of death (month/day/year)
  • Place of death (city and state)

Age Requirements

Applicants for a marriage license must be 18 years of age or older. Applicants who are 16 and 17 years of age require judicial approval.


Marriages are prohibited between the following:

  • Ancestor and descendant
  • Brother and sister
  • Uncle and niece
  • Aunt and nephew

Marriage License Details

  • Marriage licenses must be used within 35 days from the date of issue, anywhere in Colorado
  • Marriage licenses may be obtained in any county, regardless of where the ceremony will take place in Colorado
  • Witnesses are not required
  • Blood tests are not required


A marriage may be performed by the following:

  • The couple themselves (self-solemnization)
  • Judge or court magistrate
  • Religious or tribal official authorized to perform a ceremony
  • Other public official authorized to perform a ceremony

Find judges and magistrates who perform ceremonies in Boulder County.

Proxy Marriages

A proxy marriage may be performed if:

  • One party to the proxy marriage is a Colorado resident, and
  • One party is a member of the armed forces of the United States who is stationed in another country or in another state in support of combat or another military operation, or is a government contractor, or an employee of a government contractor, working in support of the armed forces of the United States or in support of United States military operations in another country or in another state.

If the parties to the marriage plan on having a proxy marriage, one of the applicants must apply in person and provide the following:

Recording a Marriage License

Licenses may be submitted by mail or placed in one or our drop boxes in Boulder or Longmont. It will be returned within two weeks from the time we received it. To record the license:

  • Complete the ‘marriage certificate’ portion of the license
  • Signatures of witnesses are not required
  • Put in provided envelope or a blank one marked “Recording” and place in our drop box OR mail the license to 1750 33rd St., Suite 201, Boulder, CO 80301

If a marriage license is not returned to the parties one month after the ceremony, contact the office. The Recording Division may not have received the license from the officiating party.

Contact Us

Recording Division

303-413-7775 (Fax)

7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Closed Fridays


Boulder: 1750 33rd St.
Map and Directions Boulder Location

Longmont: 529 Coffman St.
Map and Directions Longmont Location

Lafayette: 1755 S. Public Road
Map and Directions Lafayette Location

Mailing Address

1750 33rd St., Suite 201
Boulder, CO 80301